Things to Do Around Israel, September 9-15, 2016

Your guide to exhibits, tours and other attractions around Israel.

Dancing in the streets is one of many activities taking place during the weeklong Culture Days celebration across the country.
Noam Moskowitz

Culture Days 2016

In conjunction with the Culture and Sports Ministry, the national lottery of Israel Mifal Hapayis makes art and cultural events accessible to all people with its weeklong Culture Days initiative, which offers more than 250,000 discount tickets (20 shekels) for over 400 theater, dance, film, music, literary and children’s performances in 120 communities across the country. In addition, there will be free activities such as dancing in the streets in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other cities. A musical performance by hip-hop/funk band Hadag Nahash, with special guests Ehud Banai and Dikla, opens the event at Be’er Sheva Amphipark, 1 Shloshet Hamitspim St. (Wed at 19.00). September 14-21. For a full list of events: https://culturedays.pais.co.il/ 

TEL AVIV AND CENTER

India in the City Festival 

This cultural event (September 7-10) continues into the weekend. It offers lectures, yoga classes, daily activities including henna, high hoops and jewelry-making workshops, solar powered rickshaw rides and a children’s creativity corner. Fri 10.00-18.00; Sat 09.00-19.00. Florentine Quarter, 43 Salame Rd. Details: somethingfromindia.com

Shanghai Circus 

The acrobatic extravaganza, combining traditional Chinese arts and modern technology, features over 30 artists. Fri, Tues at 18.00; Sat 10.00, 12.30. Yamit Water Park, 66 Mifrats Shlomo St., Holon. Tickets: *2207, www.shanghai.co.il

The Museum for the Art of Puppetry 

The museum, housed in the Israel Puppet Center, offers a permanent collection of dozens of traditional and contemporary puppets and masks from Israel and abroad, as well as temporary and interactive exhibits. The museum is open Wednesdays from 16.00-19.00. Details: www.puppetcenter.co.il

Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People

An exhibit for the whole family: “Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People.” On key figures in Jewish culture, including scientists, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and others. Includes activities and games. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Thur 10.00-19.00. 2 Klausner St., Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv. Tickets: www.bh.org.il 

The Planetarium at Eretz Israel Museum 

Films about the solar system, on a revolving stage. “Secrets of the Suns,” ages 11+. Sat at 15.00, Sun-Thur at 10.30; “The Wonder Telescope,” ages 7+. Sat at 14.00, Sun-Wed at 13.30,Thur 13.30, 19.00; “Stars,” ages 5+. Sat at 12.00, Sun-Wed at 11.30, Thur 11.30, 17.00; “Astronaut,” ages 5+. Fri at 10.30, Sat at 11.00, Sun-Thur at 15.00; “Life of Trees,” ages 5+. Sat at 13.00, Thur 16.00, 18.00 

Ramat Gan Safari 

The 250-acre park is home to 200 species of wild mammals, birds and reptiles, and offers tours, activities and workshops, led by staff members. Fri and holiday eves 09.00-14.00; Sat and holidays, Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00 (last entry 2 hours before closing). 1 Sderot Hatzvi, Ramat Gan (03) 630-5305; www.safari.co.il

Man and the Living World Museum

Exhibits for the entire family: “Nine Lives” showcases different works by a range of artists on the subject of cats and cat lovers; “The Wild Animals of Nahum Gutman and Friends,” works inspired by Gutman’s illustrations and depict a playful alternative to hunting. Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-14.00. National Park, Ramat Gan (03) 631-5010

Ice Peaks 

Ice skating rink, climbing wall and zip-line. Fri 11.00-23.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-23.00. Mifratz Shlomo St., Holon

Yitzhak Rabin Center

Celebrating the life and legacy of the assassinated prime minister, the center and its museum combine Rabin’s personal story with the development of the burgeoning Jewish State of Israel. Activities include guided historical tours and educational workshops on such ideas as democracy and remembrance. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun, Mon, Wed 09.00-17.00; Tues, Thur 09.00-19.00. 8 Haim Levanon St., Ramat Aviv *4585

JERUSALEM AND AREA

Israel Museum 

The Wise at Night event is an evening of study sessions and creative activities. Includes a program of 10-minute lectures by guest speakers who will cover topics such as social protest, science, poetry and art inspired by the exhibit “Wire(less) Connections” at the museum (see Art). In addition, there will be musical performances, museum guided tours, drawing and painting workshops and an interactive dance show. Thur 19.00-23.00. At the Youth Wing for Art Education, Israel Museum

The Djanogly Visual Arts Center 

Hosts the new family exhibit “Wonderland Mine,” by artist/designer Itamar Mendes Flohr. Guests are welcome to stroll through a 60 sq.m. wooden labyrinth where contemporary works by seven artists are on display. Sun-Thur 08.00-14.00, 16.00-19.00. 3 Tuvia St. 

Friends of Zion Museum

Focuses on the significant role played by Christians who tried to save the Jews during the Holocaust and who contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel. Features exhibits on the Jewish nation’s dream of restoring their historic homeland and the non-Jews who assisted them in accomplishing that dream. A tour, with 3D presentations, is offered daily (ages 7+). Fri 09.30-14.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.30-18.00. 20 Yosef Rivlin St. Reservations: www.fozmuseum.com 

I Am Jerusalem 

A multimedia show that takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey to experience the different layers of the Jerusalem of today, yesterday and tomorrow, as well as the city’s different sounds, sights, people and scents. Ages 5+. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat (after Shabbat-23.00); Sun-Thur 09.00-22.00. At Mamilla Avenue shopping center. Tickets: www.iamjerusalem.co.il/tickets/ 

Kiftzuba

The family amusement park offers a range of activities for all ages, including swimming, a 140-meter roller coaster, games, an indoor Gymboree and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat-Mon, Wed 10.00-19.00; Tues, Thur 10.00-17.00. Kibbutz Tzuba. Details: (02) 534-7952, www.kiftzuba.co.il

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens 

Israel’s biggest plant collection, organized geographically, with over 6,000 plants throughout the grounds. Features: The Children’s Discovery Trail A sensory exploration activity that incorporates trails, a canopy walk through the trees, touching water plants from the wooden deck, a “down to the roots” exhibit and tours. Fri 09.00-17.00; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. 1 Zalman Shneor St. (via Nayot Petrol Station). Shabbat entry from 1 Burla St. Details: (02) 679-4012, www.en.botanic.co.il

Tisch Family Zoological Gardens (Biblical Zoo)

Natural exhibits of over 500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates from around the world. Includes a children’s zoo with a petting corner, animal feeding demonstrations, educational activities and the Noah’s Ark sculpture garden. Fri 09.00-16.30; Sat 10.00-18.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-19.00. Biblical Zoo, Aharon Shulov St. (02) 675-0111

Herzl Museum

The museum provides details on the life and influence of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. At the entrance to Mt. Herzl. By appointment: (02) 632-1515 

Tower of David Museum

Home to the Museum of the History of Jerusalem, the Tower of David features a permanent exhibit about the city’s history and its significance to three religions. The tower itself is an archaeological site and offers a 360-degree view of the Old City of Jerusalem. It also stages temporary exhibits (see Art) that connect ancient history with contemporary themes, and hosts lectures, guided tours and other cultural events. The Night Spectacular - A night show presenting the history of Jerusalem, with images projected onto the walls, bridges and hidden pathways of the ancient citadel. Sun-Thur at 20.30, 21.30, 22.30. Jaffa Gate. Museum hours: Fri 09.00-16.00; Sat-Mon, Wed, Thur 09.00-17.00; Tues 09.00-19.00. www.towerofdavid.org.il

Bloomfield Science Museum

Fields of Tomorrow An interactive exhibit on agricultural innovations and their ability to cope with an increased demand on the world’s food supply. Including both indoor and outdoor areas, the exhibit invites visitors to learn about hydroponic agriculture, pollination, drip irrigation systems and more. Workshops include how to find energy sources in pita and cucumber, on natural tastes and smells, as well as guided tours. Tiny Giants BBC nature documentary in 3D. Screenings: Fri at 12.00; Sat at 13.00. Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat and holidays 10.00-16.00; Mon-Thur 10.00-18.00. (02) 654-4888, www.mada.org.il 

Yad Vashem

Established as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust and home to the Holocaust History Museum. It offers visitors a guided tour in English (see Tours) and presents a variety of important Survivors’ testimonies, personal diaries, artifacts and more. Special exhibit: Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven It gives expression to the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and displays their stories. Mount of Remembrance, Har Hazikaron St., off Herzl St. (02) 644-3802. Fri 09.00-14.00; Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00; Thur 09.00-20.00 

Mini Israel

Over 350 miniature replicas of historical, religious, archaeological and modern sites and buildings from around the country. Guided tours by appointment. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-17.00. Location at Latrun 1-700-559-559, www.minisrael.co.il

Monkey Park

Guided tours, workshops, feedings, rides, wall climbing and other activities. Fri and holiday eves 10.00-14.00; Sat-Thur 10.00-16.00. Ben Shemen Forest (near Kfar Daniel). (08) 928-5888, park.monkeypark.co.il

HAIFA AND THE NORTH 

Gan Guru

The park is home to wildlife including kangaroos and koalas, with Aboriginal face-painting and guided koala and bat feedings. Fri 09.00-15.00; Sat 09.00-17.00; Sun-Thur 09.00-16.00. Australia Park, Kibbutz Nir David (04) 648-8060, www.nirtours.co.il 

Indi Park 

The theme park includes stand up paddleboarding (SUP), kayaking, surfing, canoeing, wall climbing, nature art workshops and more. Open all week from 09.00-17.00. Located in Yesud Hama’ala in the Hula Valley. Details: www.indipark.co.il

Hamat Gader

Enjoy the 360 Extreme Splash pool, a giant tent compound, pedal boats, a parrot show, crocodile feedings, local hot springs, and more. Fri, Thur 08.30-22.00; Sat, Sun-Wed 08.30-17.00; Hamat Gader, off Route 98 and south of Lake Kinneret. Details: *6393

Israel Railway Museum

The national railway museum of Israel features the country’s railway history, antique train cars and other railway items. Sun-Thur 08.00-16.00. 1 Hativat Golani St., Haifa. Details: www.rail.co.il

THE SOUTH

Wine Festival 

The 2-day festival, showcasing a variety of Israeli wineries and wines, also offers olive and cheese tasting stalls and a nightly Latin music street party. On Thursday, musical guest guitarist Avi Singolda will perform covers of all-time classics. Wed, Thur from 19.00. Turkish Railway Station in the Old City. On Eli Daivis St., Be’er Sheva 

Top 94 – Theme Park 

The park, which has both indoor and outdoor facilities, features a climbing wall, paintball, go-karts, mini bungee jumping, a ropes course, a play corner for younger kids and more. Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat, Sun-Thur 10.00-20.00. 1 Hashravrav St., Eilat. Details: http://www.top94.co.il/

Lunada

A children’s museum offering a fascinating interactive experience, with original games that activate the various senses. Sat, Sun-Thur 09.30-18.30. 25 David Hareuveni St., Be’er Sheva

Underwater Observatory Marine Park, Eilat

The park sits upon the coral reef of the Red Sea, providing an up-close introduction to the fauna of the Gulf of Eilat, including over 800 species of fish, corals, mollusks, turtles, rays and more. The park’s shark pool is home to 18 shark species, and offers an underwater observation tunnel, activities and displays. Additional attractions include the open-sea underwater observatory, aquariums, the Amazon Cabin (featuring fauna from the Amazon River), animal feedings, glass-bottomed boat cruises, 3D educational films and more. Daily, 08.30-16.00. Coral (Almog) Beach, Eilat (08) 636-4200, www.coralworld.co.il/en